As President of GMA Construction Group, Cornelius provides executive level oversight on matters related to business development, estimating, risk management, marketing, human capital management, finance, safety, quality assurance and quality control. Cornelius has extensive experience working in multiple forms of construction delivery systems including Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, CM at Risk and Public Private Partnerships. His ability to multi-task and lead multiple teams is evident in his work and educational experiences. Cornelius is directly responsible for construction operations across the company for both our public and private business units. He works directly with our clients to ensure the product that we deliver is “Designed Effectively and Built Efficiently".

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Years of Experience

  • 16 years of industry leading experience in Construction Management 
  • Commissioner - City of Chicago Community Development Commission
  • Board Member - Chicago Community Land Trust
  • Professor & Chair - Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management - Kennedy King College 


  • M.S., Executive Management for Design & Construction, Northwestern
  • M.I.T.O, Concentration in Facilities and Construction, Illinois Inst. of Tech.
  • B.S., Chicago State University

Awards & Certifications

  • City of Chicago – Community Development Commission, Commissioner
  • Introspect Youth Services Alumni Association, Board Chairman
  • City Colleges of Chicago, Mentor
  • Associate Member ASHRAE
  • Member of USGBC
  • OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety
  • Member of CMAA
  • Member of Project Management Institute
  • Chicago Defender 50 Men of Excellence 2014
  • Council on Opportunity in Education- National Trio Achiever 2013